Two Bulls Boks return home

April 5, 2014
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The Bulls suffered a double injury blow in their 20-25 Super Rugby Round Eight loss to the Hurricanes in Napier on Saturday.

Two Springbok stalwarts, loose forwards Deon Stegmann and Dewald Potgieter, both suffered tour-ending injuries in a game that saw the Bulls outscore the home team by two tries to one, but still end up on the losing side.

Both players were forced to leave the field during the match – with Stegmann having injured his groin and Potgieter his bicep.

Team doctor Org Strauss confirmed that both players would be returning to South Africa on Sunday.

Wimpie van der Walt, signed on a short-term loan deal from his Japanese club, will be flown over to New Zealand to replace the injured Stegmann.

There will also be a reshuffle amongst the forwards.

Grant Hattingh will move to loose forward as replacement for Potgieter and Victor Matfield – who was to have been in the management structure on tour – will now return to the playing field and replace Hattingh as lock cover.

Meanwhile, Bulls skipper Flip van der Merwe bemoaned his team’s errors in the defeat in their first match on tour.

“Well done to Conrad [Smith] and the [Hurricanes] boys,” Van der Merwe said in his post-match reaction.

“They really put us under pressure and played us really well.

“We lost a couple of guys early on and made a couple of huge mistakes in our area and that cost us at the end of the night.”

The Bulls next play the Highlanders in Dunedin on Friday, April 11 – before moving across the Tasman Sea to Australia to tackle the Waratahs (Saturday, April 19) and the Western Force (Saturday, April 26

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4 Comments

  1. avatar Ruggaworld says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Bad loss for Bulls in first tour game

  2. avatar Duiwel says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Ja.
    Bad luck Bulle.

  3. avatar Timeo says:
    April 6th, 2014 at 3:26 am

    Nice try by Pollard.

    When was the last time a Bulls 10 dummied, stepped and broke tackles.

    …….

    Never?

  4. avatar Americano says:
    April 6th, 2014 at 7:59 am

    I would prefer The Goose stays with Cheethas, but if not the addition of Handy Pollard will be huge for his development due to the osmosis of offensive magic he’ll get by being in Messerschmitt-Willie’s vicinity.

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